Inmates tortured prisoner with potato peeler

Four inmates at a Swedish prison are suspected of using a television set, a broken plate, and a potato peeler to "torture" a fellow prisoner as part of an attempted extortion scheme.

Inmates tortured prisoner with potato peeler

The victim of the attack, which took place at the Skänninge prison in Mjölby in central Sweden, suffered repeated kicks to the head and torso as part of an attempt by fellow inmates to get him to hand over 95,000 kronor ($14,000).

On one occasion, the gang of four prisoners beat their victim with a television set, Sveriges Television (SVT) reported.

According to prosecutors, the prisoners carried out their torture-like violence by trapping the victim in his cell for hours at a time.

As part of their scheme, the inmates stabbed their fellow prisoner on several occasions, using a range of items, including a scissors, a potato peeler, and a can opener.

They also cut the prisoner using a broken plate and a razor blade.

“It’s very unusual for such serious violence to take place here,” prison head Gert-Arne Sköld told the Expressen newspaper.

“On the other hand, it’s not uncommon at other Swedish prisons.”

On Tuesday, prosecutor Marianne Staaf formally charged four men and one woman, aged 27 to 47, with attempted aggravated robbery and being an accessory to blackmail.

According to the indictment, the woman’s involvement in the incident entailed her having delivered a threat to a third party over the phone.

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Swedish man locked up for porn surfer extortion

A Swedish man who sent bills to thousands of alleged porn surfers and threatened to publish their names if they failed to pay has been sentenced to two and a half years' jail for extortion.

Swedish man locked up for porn surfer extortion
A Swedish man has been sentenced to prison. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/SCANPIX

The 42-year-old, who had acquired the Swedish rights for streaming videos on a foreign website, sent bills to people he claimed had watched the clips, demanding payment ranging from tens to hundreds of euros.

For those who refused to pay, he raised the amount and threatened to call the police or publish their names on an online “porn blacklist” detailing which videos they had watched and then refused to pay for.

He admitted to 31 cases of aggravated extortion and to 526 cases of attempted extortion. The offences took place in 2012 and 2013.

“The district court has determined that the plaintiffs were subjected to aggravated extortion in the cases where it is proven that they received a bill of this kind,” a court in Malmö, southern Sweden, said in a statement on Monday.

The man told the regional daily Sydsvenskan in 2013 that he had earned millions of kronor (hundreds of thousands of dollars) legally through his website from users who had agreed to the prices mentioned in its terms and conditions.

Although users never left their contact details on the site, he was able to trace them through a list of IP addresses he bought from Sweden's largest internet service provider.